Where will College GameDay head the rest of the season?
This Saturday, ESPN College GameDay will set up shop in Happy Valley ahead of the Big Ten matchup between Penn State and Michigan. But where will the network choose to go after that – for the final five regular season weeks of the year?
We’re going to take a shot at picking the final five locations of the 2017 regular season for GameDay.
As a reminder, here’s where the show has gone so far this year:
- 8/31 – at Indiana for Indiana vs. Ohio State
- 9/2 – in Atlanta for Florida State vs. Alabama
- 9/9 – at Ohio State for Ohio State vs. Oklahoma
- 9/16 – at Louisville for Louisville vs. Clemson
- 9/23 – in Times Square
- 9/30 – at Virginia Tech for Virginia Tech vs. Clemson
- 10/7 – at TCU for TCU vs. West Virginia
- 10/14 – at James Madison for James Madison vs. Villanova
- 10/21 – at Penn State for Penn State vs. Michigan
GameDay has already shown Columbus, Ohio some love this season, but it’s hard to see the show going anywhere other than No. 2 Penn State vs. No. 6 Ohio State.
Jacksonville for Georgia vs. Florida is possible, as is Notre Dame for Notre Dame vs. NC State. But the matchup between the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes will likely be too important.
LSU vs. Alabama is always a slugfest, and Michigan State will want its moment when it takes on No. 2 Penn State, but we see GameDay headed for Stillwater, Oklahoma ahead of the huge Big 12 matchup between No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 10 Oklahoma State.
Yes, TCU is still top dog in the conference right now, but the matchup between the two Oklahoma schools could wind up determining the conference.
Washington and Stanford play – but unfortunately, the game is on Friday night. The other big matchup, at least on paper now, comes between No. 4 TCU and No. 9 Oklahoma. But GameDay, in our scenario, just covered the Sooners.
We’ll guess that GameDay goes to Miami, Florida ahead of No. 8 Miami vs. No. 13 Notre Dame. Both, at the moment, are title contenders. If that’s still the case, bet on this being the location.
Week 12’s slate of games isn’t great, and if Wisconsin is still undefeated, we imagine that the Badgers will be getting the call. Wisconsin, ranked No. 5 right now, takes on Michigan at home. There’d be nothing wrong with GameDay showing Madison a little love late in the season.
Ohio State vs. Michigan again? The Iron Bowl? We’ll go in a different direction.
With no Pac-12 campuses as part of the mix so far, we think GameDay will finally head west and cover No. 12 Washington vs. No. 15 Washington State in the Apple Cup. It’s possible that both teams fall off before then, but this is our pick right now.